You have just received an amazing tattoo! Now what?
If Saniderm Protective Bandage is Used:
• Remove your Saniderm bandage after 24 hours for ideal healing. It is normal for some blood and plasma to build up under the bandage. If you notice it seeping or it is bothering you, a new bandage can be placed at any time.
-to remove, start at corner and pull in the direction the hair grows.
-Depending how well the adhesive has held up on your skin it may need to be taken off with warm water like in the shower, and a little bit of coconut oil may be used.
-although it may seem like your tattoo ink will be pulled out, it wont!
• A second bandage can be placed after removal of the first for ideal healing. You can be sent home with another piece or you can return to the shop and we will apply for you. This second bandage may be kept on an additional 4-6 days
(Please see www.saniderm.com for complete instructions on this type of product. )
• When the bandage is removed your tattoo will be close to healed, but it is still important to keep your tattoo clean and moisturized. Follow the below instructions after your Saniderm wrap is removed.
If Plastic Protective wrap is Used:
• Remove the plastic wrap when you are home and ready to wash your tattoo. Ideally no more than 2-3 hours after leaving the shop
• With CLEAN hands gently wash your tattoo with warm water and non-irritating soap. Do not over scrub!
• Wash your tattoo 1-2 times a day for the first week following bandage removal; more often if your job requires physical activity or if you work out.
• Lotion or tattoo ointment can be applied to the tattoo when it appears dry, feels tight, or itchy.
• At least once a day sparingly apply cream or lotion and then blot off any excess, so it does not look shiny.
• DO NOT OVER MOISTURIZE!
• Avoid tanning beds, swimming pools and other bodies of water, hot tubs, and direct sun for at least two weeks.
• Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo. This may cause it to heal improperly.
• Depending on the size and color work of your tattoo, healing times may vary from person to person.
• Aftercare does not just stop at two weeks, after the tattoo is healed it will always look better when it is kept moisturized!
Things we recommend for your tattoo: H2Ocean Soap and Moisturizer (sold here)
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Other acceptable soaps: Dr. Bronner’s or Dial Gold antibacterial soap
Other acceptable moisturizers: Hustle Butter; Lubriderm Lotion, A&D ointment, Aquaphor.
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Please call or come in and see us if you have any questions about your tattoo and its healing process.
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• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.
• Soap (liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap) While showering; lather up a pearl size drop of soap to clean the jewelry and piercing. Leave the soap on for no longer than 30 seconds, rinse thoroughly to remove any trace of the soap from the piercing.
• SEA SALT is recommended during the healing phase of your piercing. It is better to buy a pre-mixed spray. If you mix your own, it is recommended that you completely dissolve 1/8-1/4 tsp of sea salt in 8 oz of hot water. Be sure to rinse away any residue completely.
• Dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissue, because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on new piercing and cause injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.
WHAT TO DO? Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while healing except for during cleaning. Showering is safer than taking a bath, because bathtubs tend to harbor bacteria. If you would like to take a bath, clean the tub before each use.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially: some bleeding and localized swelling, tenderness and/or bruising. During healing: some discoloration, itching, and secretion of whitish-yellow (not pus) will form some crust on the jewelry as it heals. BE PATIENT!
WHAT TO AVOID!
Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration; prolong healing time and other complications. Avoid over cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing. Avoid all oral, rough play and contact with others bodily fluids on or near your piercing during the healing phase. Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, ocean, etc. Or protect your piercing using a special waterproof bandages such as Tegadrem, which is available at drugstores. Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or near your piercing (lotions, sprays, etc.). Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until fully healed.
Avoid the use of Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Betadine, Hibiclens, and Ointments.
HINTS AND TIPS
JEWELRY: Leave in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry.
NAVEL PIERCING: A hard-vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesives). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.
EAR/EAR CARTILAGE AND FACIAL: Use the “t-shirt trick”: dress your pillow in a large clean t-shirt can provide for a clean surface for sleeping. Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.
NIPPLES: The support of a tight cotton shirt or a sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially during sleep.
ORAL PIERCING: Rinse mouth 4-5 times daily with sea salt solution for 30-60 seconds after each meal and at bedtime during the healing period. If you over clean, it may cause discoloration or irritation to the tongue and mouth. Exterior cleaning for labrets, lips and cheeks is the same as navel.
TO HELP REDUCE SWELLING: Allow a small piece of crushed ice to dissolve in the mouth (don’t suck on ice it can cause additional swelling and/or irritation) Take an OTC, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Naproxyn Sodium according to package instructions. Sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first few nights.
Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.